Jake Mangum wasted little time breaking the SEC’S all-time hits record on Saturday, a mark which stood for 21 years.
The Mississippi State senior smacked the first pitch he saw into right field for a single to tie Eddy Furniss’ mark and then surpassed it in the second inning by blooping a single over Georgia’s first baseman that landed just inside the right field foul line for his 353rd career hit.
A crowd of 9,572 rose to their feet at Dudy Noble Field to recognize Mangum’s accomplishment as the baseball and the first base bag were taken out of play to be immortalized.
“I was just really happy it was over,” Mangum said. “Hitting with that in the back of your head was really hard.
“No matter how locked in you are on the game and in the moment, it’s tough to step in the box knowing you’re one hit away or two hits away. It’s tough but I’m just happy I got it over with and that we could lock in and win a ballgame.”
And it was a big win indeed for ninth-ranked MSU as it claimed the weekend series with a 9-3 victory over No. 4 Georgia. Mangum finished the day 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI as part of a 12-hit day for State.
On Sunday, the Dogs (36-9, 13-8 SEC) got the sweep with a 6-5 victory.
Peyton Plumlee (3-3) picked up the win on Sunday logging a season-long 61/3 shutout frames only allowing one hit with five strikeouts and a pair of walks. The senior right-hander exited to a standing ovation from the 8,204 on hand.
Rowdey Jordan led Mississippi State’s eight-hit attack going 2-for-2 with two singles and two walks while Justin Foscue doubled.
Tanner Allen contributed three RBIs, two of which came on a double in the fifth inning off Georgia reliever Cole Wilcox.
In MSU’s four wins last week — one that included a fourth straight victory over Ole Miss in the Govner’s Cup — Mangum went 8-for-15.
The Bulldogs travel to Texas A&M to begin a three-game series starting Thursday at 6 p.m. on the SEC Network. The Aggies, ranked No. 6 last week, were swept by Ole Miss.